Our ethos is to provide a cheerful and welcoming, club-style learning environment for children aged 2 up to 5 years old, where every day is a fun experience for the children and every day becomes an “I want to go to Chuckleberries” day. Chuckleberries follows the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, mandatory for all early year providers.
Overview of the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage at Chuckleberries
Chuckleberries provides a safe, secure and happy environment creating the foundation your child needs to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow. Here at Chuckleberries we understand the importance of child development, linking the activities and experiences offered through the Every Child Matters (2004) Outcomes. These are:
- Being Healthy
- Staying Safe
- Enjoying and Achieving
- Making a positive contribution
- Economic well being
Chuckleberries Curriculum has been written in accordance with current Government requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which covers child development from birth to 5 years. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
All the toys and activities available cover the areas of the EYFS. During the session at Chuckleberries we interact with the children to encourage learning outcomes.
When your child joins us at Chuckleberries they are assigned to a team key person, who will help with familiarisation of the pre-school and development of feelings of confidence and safety within the setting.
Records kept on your child whilst at Chuckleberries are in the form of a “learning journal”. Your child’s key person will put pictures in the journal, whilst high lighting your child’s development so that you have a record of your child’s learning whilst they are with us.
As parents and carers you are welcome to look at your child’s learning journal at any time and you may meet with your child’s key person at any time during session to discuss any matter. We do not operate formal parent consultation meetings, but prefer that you request time with us, at your convenience, ensuring that you can be as involved as you wish.
Each area progresses through age related stages to the final ‘Early Learning Goals’ at 40 -60 months. It must be appreciated that children do not conform rigidly to these and vary in the speed at which they achieve them, the framework is there to ensure your child is gaining the skills and knowledge that will support and prepare them for key stage 1 at school.
We should emphasise that all learning at Chuckleberries is through fun, creative and stimulating activities. The children are given the freedom to select from a range of toys and activities which we believe increases their desire to learn. Toys help to encourage the development of children in the different learning areas so that even when children seem to be ‘just playing’ they are learning at the same time.